East Porcupine Hills
This unique area, named for the spears of Douglas-fir and limber pine which rise along the crests of the hills, combines four distinct vegetation patterns for a diversified wildlife habitat. Characteristics of montane forest, subalpine forest, aspen parkland and prairie grassland are all found in this area.
A wide variety of wildflowers and shrubs, from grouseberry and thimbleberry, through meadow rue and sticky geranium, to dryland species such as ground juniper and shrubby cinquefoil, are found at various elevations. Look for mountain chickadees, crossbills, and snowshoe hares at the higher elevations. Coniferous forests are home to red-breasted nuthatches and spruce grouse. In the oatgrass and fescue prairie, watch for red-tailed hawks and ground squirrels, wapiti and mule deer. Look for pine siskins and yellow-pine chipmunks in the limber pine forests of dry south-facing slopes.
East Porcupine Hills Map
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Updated: September 24, 2010